Old classics are bringing new charm to Naseby.
A section of the town’s former stables building in Derwent St has been transformed into a movie theatre, complete with rows of old armchairs and a large projector screen.
Anyone can watch the screenings, free of charge.
There is none.
Owner Phil Flanagan had had the idea on his radar for a couple of years while renovating the old building, which dates back to 1865.
He had kept 60sq mat the front of the building for his movie theatre project, which he launched at the start of the school holidays — a welcomed attraction for holidaymakers during the festive season when heavy rain fell, making outdoor activities undesirable.
During the height of the school holidays, Mr Flanagan was screening two movies each day, including family movies, classics and some contemporary ones.
The facility, which seats about 40 people, attracted an average of about 20 to each movie.
The movies were played from a projector using DVDs, which a couple from Naseby had helped him set up.
The experience offered included surround sound.
Mr Flanagan planned to continue the screenings at 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays over the coming weeks, and tried to accommodate anyone wanting the theatre to open outside those times.
He did not permit food in the theatre, but drinks were welcome, he said.
Despite demand for the service, he did not plan to start charging and had dismissed the suggestion he ask for donations.
‘‘I like the idea it’s free without the expectation that there’s a donation,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no catch and I actually like the idea of that.’’